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SAILing into the Future: Over 100 Youths Trained at Senator Abiru’s SAIL Innovation Lab Secure Lucrative AI Jobs with Awari AI


Minister of Communications, Dr. Bosun Tijani, Lagos State Commissioner for Science, Innovation, and Technology, Hon. Tunbosun Alake, Mayoress Of Ikosi Isheri, Others Praise Senator Abiru’s Visionary Leadership

A remarkable achievement unfolds as over a hundred young individuals, having completed Tech Talent and Data Science training at the SAIL Innovation Lab, now embark on promising careers in artificial intelligence with Awari AI. Awari AI, a flourishing AI/Robotics firm, has strategically chosen the SAIL Innovation Lab in Ikorodu as a launchpad for its expansion across Nigeria and Africa. This collaboration extends beyond training, as Awari AI joins forces with the lab for ongoing talent acquisition, contributing to the burgeoning multi-billion dollar AI industry poised to reshape various aspects of life in the coming years.

Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, the co-founder of the SAIL Innovation Lab and representative of Lagos East, asserts that the partnership with Awari AI marks the commencement of a transformative journey in Ikorodu and the entire Lagos East Senatorial District. He envisions a future where industries are redefined, jobs are created, and the youth are empowered through the Awarri AI project.

Senator Abiru passionately expresses his commitment to technology and innovation, emphasizing the vast job opportunities and economic growth that the tech sector can facilitate. Since the lab's inception in 2022, with five pilot programs, it has positively impacted over 150 in-class participants and 1,200 online trainees. The SAIL Innovation Lab's diverse programs, including Tech Talent Development, STEM initiatives for senior secondary school students, and Data Science for Society, have evolved to offer job prospects through esteemed partner organizations.

Awari AI's co-founders, Mr. Silas Adekunle and Ms. Eniola Edun, advocate for embracing artificial intelligence as the new wave in Nigeria's pursuit of opportunities in the digital and innovation age. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, commends the SAIL Innovation Lab's rapid achievements within seven months of its commissioning, emphasizing the global opportunities technology affords.

Dr. Tijani underscores the historic significance of Awari AI's commitment to building local knowledge in Artificial Intelligence. He notes that, for the first time in Nigeria, hundreds of individuals are being hired from the SAIL Innovation Lab, breaking new ground in harnessing the benefits of AI.

Hon. Tunbosun Alake, Commissioner for Science, Innovation, and Technology, announces the State Government's partnership on the project, expressing gratitude to Senator Abiru for driving this initiative. Dignitaries, including former deputy governor Prince Abiodun Ogunleye and Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, join the celebration, acknowledging Senator Abiru's visionary leadership in bridging the digital divide and empowering the youth in the evolving tech landscape.

Enitan Olukotun

Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru (Media and Publicity)


Wednesday, 22 November 2023


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